The ribbon was cut, the honoraries were introduced and the turf glowed beneath the new set of stadium of lights, but the No. 15 Harvard men's lacrosse team took too long to find the back of the net.
Following an unsettling trend that has shown up in both wins and losses this season, the Crimson (6-3, 2-2 Ivy) did not score until early in the third period, after No. 4 Princeton had already netted a half dozen in the first half.
"We did not capitalize on any of our chances in the first half, even though we had a few of them," freshman attackman Matt Primm said. "We were told before the third that we just needed to calm down to convert those chances--the difference was just a shift in execution."
The Crimson met the Tigers (7-1, 4-0) on Jordan Field's artificial turf in the first night game in the history of Harvard sports. Harvard hosted a number of soccer games for the 1984 Olympics under the lights at Harvard Stadium, but the lights were removed at the end of the Games.
The field, a gift of Gerald Jordan '61, was dedicated in a brief ceremony at midfield before the opening whistle.
The Crimson has played the majority of its games at Jordan this year, but will split time between the new facility and Ohiri Field's natural surface in order to keep opposing teams off balance.
If the visitor's home field is grass, the Crimson will play at Jordan. If the opponent normally plays on turf, the Crimson will cross the street to Ohiri, its old home site.
Harvard started the game with a dominating five-minute set in its own offensive zone.
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